ClassHow to Write Believable Dialogue
Believable, lively dialogue is a key component of any strong work of fiction or creative nonfiction, yet it can often seem daunting. How do you make your characters’ voices distinct? How do you convey key information to your readers without info-dumping? How do you create subtext in dialogue? In this class, we’ll explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of writing dialogue. The class is a combination of instruction on craft, critical discussion, in-class writing exercises, and workshop. Our texts will include There There by Tommy Orange, A Burning by Megha Majumdar, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. This class is best suited for beginner or intermediate writers of fiction or creative nonfiction, but all writers hoping to improve their dialogue are welcome. Please obtain a copy of and read There There by Tommy Orange before our first meeting and bring it with you to class. Read with an eye on dialogue, as this is what we will be discussing at our first meeting. The teaching artist will provide excerpts of work by Megha Majumdar, Ann Patchett, and Bernardine Evaristo as mentor texts.
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Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
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